Back-up quarterback and fifth-year senior-to-be Brandon Mitchell is among four Arkansas football players that have granted their release to transfer according to Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.
Bielema issued a press release on Monday noting that Mitchell, junior tailback Keante Minor, senior-to-be defensive end Austin Flynn and freshman safety Defonta Lowe would no longer be with the Razorbacks going forward.
"After concluding post-spring meetings with every member of our team, Austin Flynn, Defonta Lowe, Keante Minor and Brandon Mitchell have been granted their release from the University of Arkansas football program.," Bielema said. "Through meetings with these student-athletes, a determination was made that it would be mutually beneficial for them to pursue their goals elsewhere.
"Brandon is on track to earn his degree this summer and utilize the NCAA graduate transfer exception to play immediately this fall," Bielema added. "We fully support them and wish them all the best moving forward."
Mitchell played in eight games as a receiver last season and had 17 catches for 272 yards.
He also saw action in one game as a quarterback. During his Razorback career, Mitchell was 23-of-45 passing for 332 yards and also rushed for two touchdowns.
He played behind NFL draft picks Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson in his career at Arkansas and was beaten out this spring for the signal caller's job by redshirt sophomore Brandon Allen.
Bielema had asked Mitchell to change positions, but Mitchell - who also played basketball two years for Arkansas - was adamant that he wanted to play quarterback in his final season in college.
Arkansas has one scholarship quarterback on the roster in Allen, but is adding two highly-touted freshmen in Fayetteville High's Austin Allen - Brandon's younger brother – and New Jersey quarterback Damon Mitchell.
The Razorbacks also have a pair of walk on transfers in former Iowa quarterback A.J. Derby and former Memphis quarterback Taylor Reed.
Flynn ran into some legal trouble while Lowe was battling academic problems according to Bielema.
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